Cold Shoulder Casual


The cold shoulder trend came on fast and furious. It took me a minute to get on board, but when I found a few tops that really worked for me and didn’t feel fussy, I was sold.

I chose a beautiful navy blue cold shoulder top during my last styling appointment at Trunk Club in Chicago that you may remember from this post. I wore it on a date and felt so feminine and pretty. It was a bit of an investment, so I was thrilled to find a much less expensive option for a more casual outfit at Old Navy! Initially I bought this top in white, but it’s so unbelievably see-thru that I returned it immediately and chose the black option.

I have 2 colors of these easy pull on shorts from J.Crew Factory that I would highly recommend. They are perfect. They stretch a bit and have an elastic waist, and come in such fun color options. If you are in need of shorts this summer, these are what I would direct you towards!

To me, this style of outfit works for day or evening. I’d simply swap my wedges* out for some flats if I was wearing it to a playdate!

*my wedges are several years old, but I found some similar ones here! And also these!

p.s. some other cute shorts! Photos by Jordan Maunder at the beautiful Matthews House in Cary, NC. 

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  1. Posted June 15, 2017

    It’s been a long while since I’ve worn a top showing off my shoulders. Time to bring it back now, it seems!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Posted June 15, 2017

    Ah I have those shorts in so many colors! They’re so comfy and easy to dress up or down. The top is adorable too, love something that has a little more coverage than a tank top.

  3. Claire says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    I love this cold shoulder trend and i got one in denim because it is the latest trend too! I like the shorts that you are wearing!

  4. Sophie says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    I love cold shoulder tops but I am really missing a more elegant one that I could dress up and down – this one is beautiful and looks great on you!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

  5. Karly says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    Oh Kate! I absolutely love this outfit on you. So pretty! I love how its perfect for the summer heat but still classy! I may have to purchase this top… maybe the shorts too! lol.

  6. Posted June 15, 2017

    Looks like I’ll have to start toning up my shoulders for this one! I think I have a couple of these tops lying around from years ago that I should probably wear again. Fun look!

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  7. Whitney says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    That’s a beautiful photo of you! Thanks for the shorts recommendation…I’m in desperate need of a new pair for summer.

  8. Posted June 15, 2017

    I love those shorts with it! After taking a few years hiatus with shorts, I’m back and trying to walk the line of being a respectable mother of two while not looking like I’m 60. #momlife

  9. Jessi says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    Love those beautiful pictures!!!! Cold shoulder tops are my favorite this summer!!

  10. Lindsey Huie says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    The necklace drawing your eyes toward the middle is very flattering! I thought it would compete with the shoulder detail but I like it together!

  11. Erin says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    How does this top fit? True to size?

  12. Beth says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    The shorts are sold out. Wahhhhhhhhhhh…..!

  13. Posted June 15, 2017

    I LOVE this top. I wish they had it in a chambray too.

  14. Jenna says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    Off the shoulder tops are so perfect for this season! Loved the way you styled it. Have a wonderful day.

  15. Evelyn says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    Loft has some cute ones too! I find these very feminine and pretty!

  16. Jenny D says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    Talk to me about strapless bra…Is that what you wear with this kind of shirt? In need of a decent one that is comfortable.

    • Ashley says
      Posted June 15, 2017

      I’m curious about bra choice too! Love the outfit!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 15, 2017

      Yep, a strapless bra

  17. Amber says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    First time I have come across your blog and I absolutely love the layout and design of it! I love the off the shoulder trend too, literally have not stopped wearing it! xox

  18. Keisha says
    Posted June 15, 2017

    What kind of bra do you recommend with the cold shoulder top?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 15, 2017


  19. Kelly says
    Posted June 16, 2017

    I love this outfit! I saw these pictures and knew it was the fabulous work of Jordan. Love her!

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  20. Shannon says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Love your long tassel necklace—where did you get it??? 😬